Andy Whitfield's Biography

In July 17, 1971, Andy Whitfield was born in Amlwch, Wales. His parents Robert and Pat Whitfield then moved to Australia in 1999 with his sibling Laura.

Moved to Sydney, Australia after graduating the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England for Engineering.

He started acting and modeling while working as an engineer and building inspector for a consulting agency.

In 1999, Andy Whitfield married Terrica Smith-Whitfield and later to Vashti Whitfield. Andy
is father of two wonderful children: Jesse Red Whitfield, born 2005 and Indigo sky Whitfield, born 2007.

He attended Screenwise Film & TV School for Actors, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

He has appeared in several Australian television series, such as Opening Up, All Saints, The Strip, Packed to the Rafters and McLeod's Daughters. He gained his first prominent role in the Australian supernatural film Gabriel.

Still working his day job as an engineer, he sought a part as a Roman gladiator in ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand’ and landed the lead role.

Whitfield starred in the 2010 television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which is filmed in New Zealand. He plays the part of Spartacus, a soldier condemned to fight as a gladiator and who ultimately leads a rebellion against the Romans.

Whitfield also appears in the upcoming Australian thriller The Clinic starring opposite Tabrett Bethell (of Legend of the Seeker fame), set for release in 2010, which was shot in Deniliquin.

In March 2010, Whitfield was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, beginning treatment immediately in New Zealand. This delayed production of season two of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Whitfield expects to return for a second season.

In June 2010 it was announced that Whitfield completely finished his treatment and was given a clean bill of health. Regretfully he was expected to be back on the set of Spartacus: Blood and Sand by October but a setback caused delay in filming.

September 2010, it was announced that Whitfield's cancer had returned and he would not be returning for the second season.

Approximately a year later on September 11, 2011 and unforgettably and sadly a day that was in tribute around the world for America’s 9/11, our warrior Andy lost his battle with Lymphoma.

"On a beautiful sunny Sydney spring morning, surrounded by his family, in the arms of his loving wife, our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18 month battle with lymphoma cancer," Whitfield's wife Vashti said in a statement. "He passed peacefully surrounded by love. Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have help carry him to this point. He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was."

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andy Whitfield," Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement Sunday night. "We were fortunate to have worked with Andy in `Spartacus' and came to know that the man who played a champion on-screen was also a champion in his own life."

(Even though Andy's has gone from us, remember to continue supplication for Andy and his family.)

Noted, June 24th 2012: Information above has been gathered by internet sources only and any liability with its entirety is not my own.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New ‘Spartacus: Vengeance’ Trailer Is Released

Spartacus returns to STARZ in January 2012 and I'm sure that Andy wishes the best for them with the upcoming season--so in light of that--I'm posting the trailer release for "Spartacus: Vengeance".

Like an individual had commented, below the flickcast link and I would have to agree..."Liam McIntyre looks good as "Spartacus" but will miss Andy Whitfield" doubt. No one will ever be able to replace the roll of Spartacus. Our boy, Andy, managed to inherently assimilate a character of heart and soul with such a refined finesse that it appeared all too natural. One could view his roll as a breathtaking piece of artwork--the pièce de résistance, magnifico!

Okay, maybe I'm getting a bit carried away, but what the heck....Here's the trailer below for "Spartacus: Vengenance". Happy viewing and have a blessed day with loved ones filling in your thoughts, and of course, prayers for Andy and his as well.

Comic Con 2011: Fans Meet the New Spartacus | GamerLive.TV

"And McIntyre is certified, saying that Andy Whitfield gave him his blessing in taking over the role."

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Spartacus Roll Call: Andy Whitfield "Doing Very Well," Liam McIntyre Embraced

Andy Whitfield may not have attended the Spartacus: Vengeance panel at Comic-Con on Friday, but his presence was still felt by fans and former castmates who missed his performance as the iconic slave on the first season of the Starz sword-and-sandal drama. The actor had dropped out of the series to battle non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

"He's doing very well, for what I hear," executive producer Steven S. DeKnight told the audience. "Obviously he's very private about his health, so I can't go into details. We have joked with each other about working together again. ... He'd respond, something where he doesn't have to take his clothes off."

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hollywood Exclusive by Marilyn Beck & Stacy Jenel Smith

Below taken from original link:

DEAR STACY: How is Andy Whitfield? — Jordan B., Newark, N.J.

DEAR JORDAN: The "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" actor, who had to drop out of the Starz series permanently in September to fight a recurrence of his Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, has been keeping a low profile. However, series creator Steven S. DeKnight told a group at an Emmy consideration screening put on by The Wrap in June that he and Whitfield have been talking about collaborating on another project. Said DeKnight: "I have the utmost faith that Andy and I will work together again." We certainly hope they can.

Quotes to Note

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king."
— J.R.R. Tolkien (The Fellowship of the Ring) 

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."
— John Lennon

"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."
— Marilyn Monroe

Andy's Movie Poster - Gabriel

Andy's Movie Poster - Gabriel
"Many friends will walk in and out of your life but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart" ~Unknown

"Friends, you and me. You brought another and then there were three. We started out group our circle of friends and like that circle there is no beginning or end." ~Unknown

Andy's Movie Posters

"To handle yourself use your head, with others use your heart" ~Unknown

Film and television credits

Year Title Role Notes
2004 All Saints (TV series) Matthew Parkes TV episode: "Opening Up"
2007 Gabriel (film) Gabriel Film (Australia)
2008 The Strip (Australian TV series) Charlie Palmer TV episodes
2008 Packed to the Rafters Nick Leigh TV episode: "All in the Planning"
2008 McLeod's Daughters Brett Samuels TV episode: "Nowhere to Hide"
2010 The Clinic Cameron Film
2009-2010 Spartacus: Blood and Sand Spartacus Regular; being replaced due to his cancer
2011 Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Spartacus TV prequel & spin-off;Guest star

Never accept defeat...

Gladiator's Oath